Shout Out to our 2014 $20,000 Scholarship Winners!

Ring Ring…It’s Your Future Calling!

       It’s not every day that your school’s athletic trainer interrupts your last bell with an important phone call, only to see Anthony Muñoz staring back at you through the screen on FaceTime. For one lucky and remarkably deserving student, that was just the case this past Friday at St. Xavier High School, in senior, Delrico Hill’s Finance class. Check out his pleasantly surprised (and slightly shocked!) reaction!

 

        Our annual Anthony Muñoz Scholarship Fund awards multiple Tri-State seniors with $20,000 for continuing their college education at the college level. We had a blast surprising each of our seven winners with the exciting news and managed to capture all of the memories on camera! All of our winners visited our headquarters last week for an in-depth interview with our official selection committee, including Anthony himself. We were blown away with the amount of outstanding candidates who applied this year making it incredibly difficult to choose just six so… we are giving away an additional scholarship for a grand total of $140,000! Although we wish we could award every deserving student who applies, we are confident that these students will accomplish remarkable success in their college careers and bright future!

 And a big CONGRATULATIONS to our Super Seven!

Logan Frederick, Clinton-Massie High School

Delrico Hill, Saint Xavier High School

Matthew Krabacher, Badin High School

Austin Morgan, New Miami High School

Jodi Seale, Felicity-Franklin High School

Andrew Rudd, Franklin High School

Dezire Lowry, Purcell Marian High School

Don’t forget to keep up with us on Twitter @munozfoundation to experience more announcement videos and introduce you to our super seven!

Another Great Year of Whiz Kids Has Come and Gone!

A Look at Our Whiz Kid’s Graduation Party Last Week 

Another year has come and gone, and what a year it has been! Last week we celebrated our annual Whiz Kid’s graduation party to celebrate our Robert’s Academy elementary students and their accomplishments.

 
Each student received a personalized book to continue reading throughout the summer, a graduation certificate, and a personal “congratulations” from Anthony himself. Although the tutors loved seeing their Whiz Kid graduate, I think our graduates favorite part was the Chick- Fil- A nugget tray! A big thank you to Michael Calloway at the Western Hills Chick-Fil-A for adding a lot of excitement to the party!

 
This year we had four fifth graders officially graduate from Whiz Kids for good! They will be moving on up to the 6th grade with ease. We have 19 other students who will stay with us for a few more years, and we cannot be happier to have them! We also have four kindergartners that will be moving on to the 1st grade and will get to stay with us for four more years!

 
The graduation party is only one of many events we celebrate with our Whiz Kids. Each year we have numerous holiday parties including Christmas with Santa and an Easter egg hunt. Our group of Whiz Kids is a lively bunch to say the least! They are full of energy and their love of reading is growing each year.

 
We would not be able to reach these children if it weren’t for our wonderful tutors. The biggest thank you of all goes to each and every tutor. Every time they come to Whiz Kids they are showing our children that they are important, and education is important. It has been a joy to personally be a part of this great program this year!

 
To learn more about the Whiz Kids program through City Gospel Mission, visit their site. We will be anxiously awaiting the fall when we will begin yet another year with our wonderful Whiz Kids!

 

All of our wonderful Whiz Kids after their graduation ceremony with Anthony!

All of our wonderful Whiz Kids after their graduation ceremony with Anthony!

One of our fourth graders, Abelardo and his tutor Tom, with Anthony!

One of our fourth graders, Abelardo and his tutor Tom, with Anthony!

 

Congrats Whiz Kids!
Victoria Sabato
Straight “A” Intern

It’s Finally Time to Recognize the Straight “A” Finalists!

And What an Inspiring Group of Finalists we Had to Choose From! 

This Wednesday, April 23rd, the Foundation will hold their annual Straight “A” Scholarship Luncheon at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. Over 300 nominations were sent in this year, and our Selection Committee narrowed them down to a truly inspiring group of 18 finalists.

Wednesday morning the finalists will be joined by their parents, mentors, most influential teachers, principals, Foundation partners, staff, and interns to recognize and celebrate their achievements and the commend their triumph over life’s adversities.

Each finalist is a recipient of a $2,000 scholarship from the Foundation toward their continued education. At the Luncheon, a male winner and a female winner will be announced to receive an addition $3,000 scholarship. In addition to this, our finalists will be receiving a personalized duffel bag from the Foundation and personalized Wrapped Hershey’s candy bars. A big thank you goes out to Jeff Ruby, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, and Wrapped Hershey’s for helping us recognize and award our finalists!

This group of finalists has a combined 3.64 GPA and has received 80 varsity letters. They are a well rounded group who has maintained high academic achievements while contributing to their community and participating in athletics. These finalists have participated in football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, bowling, wrestling, cross country, track, swimming, and golf. Wow, they really have it all covered! Their stories are incredible, and we cannot wait to hear from the finalists themselves.

Anthony has chosen our 2014 winners, but we can’t tell you just yet! When the odds were against them, these finalists went above and beyond to achieve their goals and reach their dreams. We cannot wait to recognize them this week for their accomplishments! See the 2014 Straight “A” Finalists here.

While I am up on stage, the other wonderful interns will be live tweeting from the event! Make sure to check out #SALuncheon for updates and an announcement of the winners!

 

I can’t wait!

Victoria Sabato

Straight “A” Intern

 

Last year's Straight "A" Finalists being recognized at the Luncheon! What an amazing group!

Last year’s Straight “A” Finalists being recognized at the Luncheon! What an amazing group!

 

The 2013 Straight "A" Winners, Shannon Chambers of Aiken High School (left), and Rachel Hall of St. Ursula Academy (right).

The 2013 Straight “A” Winners, Shannon Chambers of Aiken High School (left), and Rachel Hall of St. Ursula Academy (right).

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What are they up to now…

ImageBrandon, a graduate of Aiken High School is the first in his family to attend college and when he is not going to classes and studying, he works at Chipotle, plays his ps4 and is always trying to put a smile on others’ faces through his humor and inspiring charisma.

Tell us about you college experience thus far:

I am attending the University of Cincinnati as an Operations Managements major in the Lindner College of Business. The most exciting thing has been the diversity of people. We have students from all over the world across all social classes. It is really cool to connect with so many different people who all seem to add their own color to the painting of life that makes our world so special. My favorite course has been human sexuality because it’s one of those classes that really pulls you out of your comfort zone and teaches you about so many interesting things that people tend to shy away from.

What are you involved in?

I am involved with the African American Culture and Resource Center (AACRC), United Black Student Association (UBSA) and I play intramural basketball for the “Gen-1 Ballers” – comprised of players who are all first generation college students. Our team went 6-1 taking a tough loss in the Sweet 16 of the intramural tournament.

How has the scholarship impacted you?

The scholarship really helped me to grow up and begin to take responsibility. Without the Anthony Muñoz Scholarship, I would not be able to live on campus which would force me to commute from home turning my scenic 5 minute walk to class into an hour and a half bus ride and commute. It also helped me to pay for my unlimited meal plan which I use every day. It gave me a remarkable quality of education and life, and a place to live my freshman year. It provided me with enough money to take time from my job throughout my first semester to get acclimated to college life and focus on my studies. It has done miracles.

What’s next in your future?

Upon graduation, I want to contribute my degree to a company where I can showcase my natural talents and skills and the knowledge I have gained at UC. I want to be a role model and example that proves that any obstacle in life can be overcome, and if you put your mind to it and work hard, all of your dreams are achievable. I want young people to know that anything s possible and self-motivation is the best motivation.

Any advice on college, scholarships, and life?

My best advice is to keep your options open. I was accepted to 13 colleges before locking down my choice. Identify what is most important to you, whether it is the cost of tuition, the location, history of the university, etc. Also, when applying for scholarships never yourself out because the only way you have the chance to win, is if you make that first step and just apply.

ImageNext up is Sam Becker, a graduate of Archbishop McNicholas High School and freshman honor student at Miami University, majoring in Management and Leadership in the Farmer School of Business. Sam, who enjoys playing sports, spending time with his friends and family, giving back to the community and participating in philanthropic service, loves his time in Oxford so far!

Tell us about your college experience thus far:

The most exciting thing has been meeting all of the new people and having the freedom to grow up, and become a responsible adult and to really find yourself and discover the person that you are. My favorite course has been Business Writing or Business Statistics Accounting because I am seeing how I can apply all of the skills I’m learning for the rest of my life. I play intramural lacrosse and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

What’s next in your future?

I’m still learning so much about all of the careers in business and haven’t chosen a specific one. I know I want to be in business, and establish a career that allows me to provide for my family one day.

Any advice on scholarships, college, and life?

Don’t close any doors. If you aren’t satisfied, keep applying to colleges and scholarships. Stay positive and trust that everything will turn out how it is supposed to and work out for the best. Seek advice from people who have been in your shoes because they might steer you in the right direction. Challenge yourself and never be afraid to take the road less traveled.

 

Could you or a senior you know use $20,000 for college? It could be YOUR year! The clock is ticking with the April 30th deadline. Download your application now at munozfoundation.org, and learn more about eligibility requirements and application information. Follow us on Twitter @munozfoundation, for our exclusive scholarship tips and updates!

Questions? Send us a message at experience@munozfoundation.org – we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Emma Sallquist

AMF Intern

We Have a Winner….

       Cincy’s Best ‘Selfie’

       It’s not every day that you get to cheer on your favorite childhood team at their season opener (front row!), win a summer of free LaRosa’s pizza and have your picture (well, your picture’s picture) taken with Anthony Muñoz. For one lucky guy though, that was just the case. A native of Cincinnati, recent Miami of Ohio graduate and Atlanta transplant – Robert Brinkman takes the cake (or pie!) as our 2014 #CincySelfie winner!

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Anthony, an aspiring selfie photographer who never turns down a fun photo op, selected Robert Brinkman’s photo as his favorite #CincySelfie – this year’s Reds Opening Day Contest hosted by AMF! Robert and his father have rarely missed an Opening Day over the past 15 years, and this year Robert was excited to return the favor and treat his Dad to some of the best seats in the house! Robert, who heads up photography and video production for his company in the student housing industry, is certainly no stranger to the art of taking the perfect selfie. Robert’s skills paid off and he and his family will be cheering on the Reds all summer long while enjoying LaRosa’s pizza!

This year, Anthony, his family and friends of the foundation rode through the sea of red atop our float – a seasoned parade veteran. We asked Reds fans and Cincinnatians to post their “selfies” using #CincySelfie and show us how they were celebrating Cincinnati. We were blown away with the response and spent hours looking at all of the wonderful pictures of families and friends supporting our Cincinnati Reds! THANKS to everyone for participating and igniting the contagious spirit that Cincinnati is so famous for. AMF sends our best wishes to the Reds for a record-breaking season!

Scholarship Fund: Where Are They Now?

             What is larger than the population of Canada, Poland and Australia? The number of American college students that graduate with student debt – over 40 million – four times the size of Sweden! Here at AMF, we have made a commitment that has grown to 6 annual, $20,000 scholarships, and $725,000 gifted to date to combat this shocking statistic. We understand that the monumental accomplishment of being accepted and pursuing a college education often comes with an even larger price tag. With tuition costs soaring higher each year, the possibility of college has become daunting and sometimes impossible for many individuals who may not have the financial resources to fund their education or have hesitation for what can feel like a peaceful surrender to the huge undertaking and responsibility of paying off student loans.

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This week, we are catching up with Alma Oñate, a 2012 graduate of Hamilton High School and AMF Scholarship winner. On paper, she is an ambitious and driven rising star that has taken full advantage of this opportunity and has bright plans for her future. Although her schedule is packed full of honors classes, homework, multiple jobs and volunteering, she still manages to make time for her family and friends and has a real understanding of the importance of enjoying life’s sweetest moments. Nearing the end of her sophomore year at NKU, she is majoring in biochemistry on a pre-med track with a minor in the honors program. Upon graduation, she plans to attend medical school and continue to fuel her passion for helping children to as a pediatrician, with a dream to one day work with “Doctors Without Borders”. Let’s see what she’s been up to!

 How have you become involved with AMF?

 I volunteer each week with AMF at their Whiz Kids program at Roberts Paideai Academy. I decided I wanted to give back to the organization that has given so much to my family and I. This program is one of my favorite activities because I get to work one-on-one with Emily, my awesome second grader. We work on her reading skills, I teach her techniques for improvement and in return, she teaches me to never take life too seriously, and that is A-ok to be a little sassy sometimes! This experience has been a wonderful opportunity that has allowed us both to grow and I admire when a program has the power to do that. I have come very far and have accomplished a lot in almost two, short years. None of this would have been possible without the Anthony Muñoz Foundation Scholarship. I have said this before and I will say it again, this scholarship has taken a huge burden off of my back. Without this scholarship, I would have probably had to work a full time job as a server, and would not be capable of being so involved with such a significant financial burden. I am forever grateful for the scholarship and the support that I have received from the foundation along the way.

 What is your best advice to a high school senior in the same shoes you were two years ago?

I have some words of wisdom I would like to share with students everywhere, but especially to high school students. Do NOT give up. It does not matter how many times people shut the door in your face, how many times they tell you “no” or don’t believe that you can do it, or how many challenges or hurdles you’ve faced in your life. You CAN overcome it all. I know it is may be difficult, but it is not impossible. Apply for every scholarship you can, even if you don’t think you stand a chance, because you might just be the one that gets that exciting call, congratulating you on your win. Word hard, do not give up but never forget to be human, too. And finally, SMILE – a lot. Your smile is your most powerful weapon and it will take you places. I promise.

 How has your college experience been so far?

As for NKU, I love it here! I really like all of my classes, and my favorite course so far has been my honors class on witchcraft and magic. The class isn’t at all about learning spells or witchcraft itself, but rather it takes a deeper look into the cultures that practice magic from an anthropologic perspective. This class has given me a different view of the world and I believe it has made me a more understanding individual and more capable of embracing different cultures and diversity.

 What you are you involved in?

Throughout these past two years, I have become very involved both on and off campus with different activities. I currently hold four positions: a chemistry/biology tutor, chemistry stockroom associate, STEM Ambassador (science, technology, engineering, and math), and on the weekends, I serve at a Mexican restaurant and teach a Sunday school class at my church.

 What are your plans for the summer?

This summer I will continue working in the research laboratory to design and synthesize new compounds aimed at treating breast cancer. Sure, with so many jobs and a full course load, plus homework, tests and quizzes, things can get very busy but I make sure to relax and enjoy life. I love to read books, take naps, and spend time with my family and friends. I’m an ice cream lover, I enjoy going on walks and I sometimes pretend to be a rock star when driving my car (shhh!). And if you can’t already tell, I appreciate a sense of humor and always welcome a good joke.

The Anthony Muñoz Scholarship Fund awards a $20,000 reward to six deserving Tri-state seniors who are graduating from a high school in one of the 21 counties eligible for consideration and entering college in freshman standing this fall. In 2012, the foundation brought operations in-house which allowed us to reward an additional scholarship each year. Our committee considers a wide variety of accomplishments and stories with a focus on overcoming personal adversity, financial need, academic performance and a student who has exhibited a leadership role(s) in or outside of the classroom, and shows admirable dedication to making an impact by giving back to the community.

 Could you or a senior you know use $20,000 for college? It could be YOUR year! The clock is ticking with the April 30th deadline. Download your application now at munozfoundation.org, and learn more about eligibility requirements and application information. Follow us on Twitter @munozfoundation, for our exclusive scholarship tips and updates!

 Questions? Send us a message at experience@munozfoundation.org – were looking forward to hearing from you!

Linemen of the Year Banquet: A Night of Inspiration

Last Thursday, the Westin downtown was filled with football players and their families, all looking exceptionally nice if I might say so myself! The Foundation held their 12th annual Linemen of the Year banquet to recognizing the Tri-State’s football players for their accomplishments on and off the field. This year, we had 16 young men who were recognized for their inspiration to others, service to the community, and of course their commendable football skills.

This banquet was held in connection with the National Football Foundation. We heard from many coaches and players regarding how influential football has been upon their lives. I was lucky enough to sit next to Daniel Cage, one of the Foundation’s finalists, who shared with me his excitement of his recognition that night, and his future plans to play football at Notre Dame. Cage overcame challenging family circumstance which has led him to develop a strong character, and to lead by example. I was extremely impressed, and as the night went on, my admiration only grew!

AMF Linemen Of the Year winners Chance Sorrell (left) and Jon Bezney (right).

AMF Linemen Of the Year winners Chance Sorrell (left) and Jon Bezney (right).

The Foundation’s winners, Chance Sorrell, offensive lineman of Middletown High School, and Jon Bezney, defensive lineman of Mariemont High School both got a chance to speak and tell their stories. Chance shared his athletic accomplishments, but also spoke to his high academic standing along with membership in two honors societies. In addition to this, Chance described his work with the Special Olympics, YMCA Summer camps, as well as helping out at basketball and football camps. Jon also spoke to his academic achievements, but also focused on his student council leadership, and work with Mariemont’s first Historic 5k, which raised $11,000 for the Eliminate Project.

“It is encouraging and inspiring to hear these young men speak,” says Anthony, “I cannot wait to see what these men accomplish in their futures, and who they will inspire next.”

 I couldn’t agree more with Anthony! As I sat in the audience it was incredible to hear what these young men have accomplished on the football field but even more so what they have done off the field , and that is what makes these young men so inspiring.

The Linemen of the Year is an award the Foundation holds yearly to recognize Tri-State football players for their outstanding achievements. For more information regarding this award, visit the Foundation’s website.

AMF's Linemen of the Year finalists after their awards ceremony!

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This year’s finalists also include:

Offensive Linemen:

Andrew Alten              Loveland High School

Simon Stepinak         Ross High School

AJ Avery                        Clinton- Massie High School

Ryan Prescott             Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

Alex Orndorff             Lawrenceburg High School

Lex Sowards               Ryle High School

Defensive Linemen:

Chalmer Fruauf          Moeller High School

Daniel Cage                 Winton Woods High School

Will Lylte                     New Richmond High School

Lane Bryer                   Archbishop Alter High School

Brad Jones                   Williamsburg High School

Michael Barwick        Summit Country Day High School

Adam Putnick            Franklin County High School

Seth Hope                     Highlands High School

Keep on Inspiring!

Victoria Sabato

Straight “A” Intern